Nation: Dapper Dan's Toughest Scene

The peacock Congressman is accused of selling influence

In blue-collar Wilkes-Barre, Pa., there is a Daniel J. Flood Elementary School. Close by are a Daniel J. Flood Industrial Park, a Daniel J. Flood Rural Health Center and a Daniel J. Flood Elderly Center. All were named in honor of a theatrically flamboyant Representative who struts around Congress like a peacock. He slicks down his hair with stickum, sports a villainous-looking waxed mustache and favors wildly eccentric clothes—velveteen suits, ruffled shirts, patent-leather shoes and satin-lined capes. But despite his outlandish appearance, Dapper Dan Flood,...

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